Jingci temple(静慈寺) is right across the road from the Leifeng Pagoda. Jingci Temple may not be a well known attraction, but the bell within the temple is more widely known poetically as “Evening Bell at Nanping ” (南屏晚钟) among the Ten Classic Scenes of West Lake. There is even a song from the 80’s in Mandarin with the same name. Continue reading
Stumbling upon this Southern Song Imperial Street (南宋御街) in Hangzhou is a bit of a misadventure for me and Gary. The street is termed “imperial” because it was the main street traveled by the emperor in the Southern Song Dynasty, from his palace to the temple for him to make routine prayers.
After getting our noodles from Kui Yuan Guan, we asked the staff how to get to Hefang Street. She pointed expressionlessly towards one direction and told us it’s just there, as if the street is just a 10 minutes walk away. Well, we walked and walked and walked, passing through a good 2 km (?) length of Southern Imperial Street, before finally reaching Hefang Street. I didn’t mind the walking too much as I love exploring. We came across these brilliant statues of a family with 4 generations. Wow. That’s a big photogenic family there! Continue reading
Huang Fan er (皇饭儿) literally means “emperor’s meal” in Chinese and it is an alternative name for Wang Run Xing Restaurant (王润兴). Hangzhou is a favorite place for emperors throughout different dynasties. It is far away from the emperor’s palace; it is full of picturesque sceneries and it was fun for the emperors to disguise as a commoner to visit Hangzhou. Naturally, there would be a lot of stories related to the emperor in Hangzhou, including food! Continue reading
The noodles from Hangzhou’s Kui Yuan Guan （奎元馆) dates back from the Qing Dynasty in 1867. Their noodles are so good Kui Yuan Guan is also dubbed as “Noodle King of Jiangnan” (江南麵王). If you ask a local Hanzhou folk to suggest a good place to eat, Kui Yuan Guan will definitely be one of them. Continue reading
Hangzhou’s Hefang Street (河坊街) is a vibrant old street that will keep you entertained. Shopping in stores that are more than 100 years old, discovering diminishing arts & crafts, drinking the famous Longjin tea and having fun playing dress up! Hefang Street had always been an important place for trade some 800 years ever since the Southern Song Dynasty. In 2000, the street has been made a pedestrian street and renovated to depict old Hangzhou. Continue reading
The original Leifeng Pagoda (雷峰塔) was built by King Qian Chu in 971 during the Five Dynasty and Ten Kingdoms Period, more than one thousand years ago. The King named the pagoda after his beloved concubine, Huang Fei, and hence the pagoda also has an infrequent name of “Huang Fei Pagoda” (黄妃塔). The Leifeng pagoda that we see today is not the original one as the original had collapsed in 1924 due to deterioration and due to people taking the bricks home for their own use. Continue reading